The Rules of Pacers Digest

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Below are the rules of Pacers Digest. After you have read them, you will have a very good sense of where we are coming from, what we expect, what we don't want to see, and how we react to things.

Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

"I can't wait to hear something from PosterX when he/she sees that **insert a given incident or current event that will have probably upset or disappointed PosterX here**"

"He/she is just delusional"

"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

"I'm going to take a moment to point and / laugh at PosterX / GroupOfPeopleY who thought / believed *insert though/belief here*"

"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

In general, if a comment goes from purely on topic to something 'ad hominem' (personal jabs, personal shots, attacks, flames, however you want to call it, towards a person, or a group of people, or a given city/state/country of people), those are most likely going to be found intolerable.

We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

If you see a problem that we haven't addressed, the best and most appropriate course for a forum member to take here is to look over to the left of the post in question. See underneath that poster's name, avatar, and other info, down where there's a little triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it? Click that. That allows you to report the post to the admins so we can definitely notice it and give it a look to see what we feel we should do about it. Beyond that, obviously it's human nature sometimes to want to speak up to the poster in question who has bothered you, but we would ask that you try to refrain from doing so because quite often what happens is two or more posters all start going back and forth about the original offending post, and suddenly the entire thread is off topic or otherwise derailed. So while the urge to police it yourself is understandable, it's best to just report it to us and let us handle it. Thank you!

All of the above is going to be subject to a case by case basis, but generally and broadly speaking, this should give everyone a pretty good idea of how things will typically / most often be handled.

Rule #2

If the actions of an administrator inspire you to make a comment, criticism, or express a concern about it, there is a wrong place and a couple of right places to do so.

The wrong place is to do so in the original thread in which the administrator took action. For example, if a post gets an infraction, or a post gets deleted, or a comment within a larger post gets clipped out, in a thread discussing Paul George, the wrong thing to do is to distract from the discussion of Paul George by adding your off topic thoughts on what the administrator did.

The right places to do so are:

A) Start a thread about the specific incident you want to talk about on the Feedback board. This way you are able to express yourself in an area that doesn't throw another thread off topic, and this way others can add their two cents as well if they wish, and additionally if there's something that needs to be said by the administrators, that is where they will respond to it.

B) Send a private message to the administrators, and they can respond to you that way.

If this is done the wrong way, those comments will be deleted, and if it's a repeating problem then it may also receive an infraction as well.

Rule #3

If a poster is bothering you, and an administrator has not or will not deal with that poster to the extent that you would prefer, you have a powerful tool at your disposal, one that has recently been upgraded and is now better than ever: The ability to ignore a user.

When you ignore a user, you will unfortunately still see some hints of their existence (nothing we can do about that), however, it does the following key things:

A) Any post they make will be completely invisible as you scroll through a thread.

B) The new addition to this feature: If someone QUOTES a user you are ignoring, you do not have to read who it was, or what that poster said, unless you go out of your way to click on a link to find out who it is and what they said.

To utilize this feature, from any page on Pacers Digest, scroll to the top of the page, look to the top right where it says 'Settings' and click that. From the settings page, look to the left side of the page where it says 'My Settings', and look down from there until you see 'Edit Ignore List' and click that. From here, it will say 'Add a Member to Your List...' Beneath that, click in the text box to the right of 'User Name', type in or copy & paste the username of the poster you are ignoring, and once their name is in the box, look over to the far right and click the 'Okay' button. All done!

Rule #4

Regarding infractions, currently they carry a value of one point each, and that point will expire in 31 days. If at any point a poster is carrying three points at the same time, that poster will be suspended until the oldest of the three points expires.

Rule #5

When you share or paste content or articles from another website, you must include the URL/link back to where you found it, who wrote it, and what website it's from. Said content will be removed if this doesn't happen.

An example:

If I copy and paste an article from the Indianapolis Star website, I would post something like this:
Title of the Article
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Rule #6

We cannot tolerate illegal videos on Pacers Digest. This means do not share any links to them, do not mention any websites that host them or link to them, do not describe how to find them in any way, and do not ask about them. Posts doing anything of the sort will be removed, the offenders will be contacted privately, and if the problem becomes habitual, you will be suspended, and if it still persists, you will probably be banned.

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Rule #7

Provocative statements in a signature, or as an avatar, or as the 'tagline' beneath a poster's username (where it says 'Member' or 'Administrator' by default, if it is not altered) are an unwanted distraction that will more than likely be removed on sight. There can be shades of gray to this, but in general this could be something political or religious that is likely going to provoke or upset people, or otherwise something that is mean-spirited at the expense of a poster, a group of people, or a population.

It may or may not go without saying, but this goes for threads and posts as well, particularly when it's not made on the off-topic board (Market Square).

We do make exceptions if we feel the content is both innocuous and unlikely to cause social problems on the forum (such as wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Easter), and we also also make exceptions if such topics come up with regards to a sports figure (such as the Lance Stephenson situation bringing up discussions of domestic abuse and the law, or when Jason Collins came out as gay and how that lead to some discussion about gay rights).

However, once the discussion seems to be more/mostly about the political issues instead of the sports figure or his specific situation, the thread is usually closed.

Rule #8

We prefer self-restraint and/or modesty when making jokes or off topic comments in a sports discussion thread. They can be fun, but sometimes they derail or distract from a topic, and we don't want to see that happen. If we feel it is a problem, we will either delete or move those posts from the thread.

Rule #9

Generally speaking, we try to be a "PG-13" rated board, and we don't want to see sexual content or similarly suggestive content. Vulgarity is a more muddled issue, though again we prefer things to lean more towards "PG-13" than "R". If we feel things have gone too far, we will step in.

Rule #10

We like small signatures, not big signatures. The bigger the signature, the more likely it is an annoying or distracting signature.

Rule #11

Do not advertise anything without talking about it with the administrators first. This includes advertising with your signature, with your avatar, through private messaging, and/or by making a thread or post.
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    WHEELING -- Wheeling Jesuit University men's Basketball coach Jay Defruscio is in negotiations with the Indiana Pacers to become an assistant coach with the NBA team under former Wheeling head coach Jim O'Brien.

    DeFruscio is expected to fly to Indianapolis on Tuesday to finalize the deal .

    Defruscio has guided the Cardinals program for 18 years, winning 311 games. His teams have won 20 games in a season six times, including four straight seasons from 2002 through 2006 .

    Under Defruscio, the Cards won the 2005 WVC tournament championship .

    He led the Cards to the 1989 NAIA National Tournament. Twice during his career he has been named the WVC coach of the year .

    And he has served as athletic director at the school for 20 years.
    and this per RealGM:

    Associated Press - June 8, 2007 12:14 PM ET

    WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Wheeling Jesuit men's basketball coach Jay DeFruscio says he's accepted a job as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.

    He tells the Wheeling News-Register he will fly to Indianapolis next week to sign a contract.

    New Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien was the coach at what was then-Wheeling College when DeFruscio had his first assistant coaching job in the mid-1980s.

    DeFruscio says a formal announcement will be made once all the paperwork is completed. But he says he's informed the Wheeling Jesuit administration of his decision.

    DeFruscio has a career mark of 311-213 at Wheeling Jesuit. He's the winningest active coach in the West Virginia Conference. He led the Cardinals to their first men's conference tournament championship in 2005.

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    Boy - things just keep coming from out of nowhere.
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    • #3
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      Well, at least that's a lot better than Leonard Perry.
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      • #4
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        I know nothing more about the guy than I've just read. I wonder what his function will be... defense, offense, shooting, PnR specialist, big man coach?

        If O'Brien were bringing John Doe on board, I might have known a little more about him.


        • #5
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          He's got a cool name. Good enough for me.
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          • #6
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            This guy was hard to find. I still can't find much on him, but this is what I got:


            Jay Defruscio
            Head Coach
            DeFruscio, the winningest basketball coach in Wheeling Jesuit history begins his eighteenth season on the bench. Just seven wins short of 300, DeFruscio has led the Cardinals to four consecutive 20 win seasons and two straight NCAA Division Ii tournaments. The leader among active WVIAC coaches in career wins, DeFruscio has also served as WJU’s Director of Athletics for the past 20 years.

            The 45 year old native of Drexel Hill, Pa. has compiled and overall record of 293-203 and has been named WVIAC Coach of the Year twice as well as NAIA District 28 Coach of the Year. Twice he has been honored by the Upper Ohio Dapper Dan Club for his outstanding coaching abilities. In 1988-89 his Cardinals won a school record 22 straight games en route to a 31-4 overall record and berth in the NAIA National Quarterfinals. The Cardinals won their first ever WVIAC title that year and in 2005 DeFruscio led the Cards to their first ever WVIAC tournament title as well. He has coached 22 1000 point scorers and 5 of his former players have been enshrined in the WJU Athletic Hall of Fame.

            Under his leadership as athletics director, the university has won over 40 conference championships in 12 different sports. Wheeling Jesuit student athletes and teams have been recognized on the conference level for sportsmanship. Student athletes are committed to academic excellence as well as community service. Under DeFruscio’s leadership WJU has started 14 new varsity sports and moved from NAIA to NCAA Division II in the early nineties. DeFruscio is also actively involved in the Wheeling community having served on the Board of Directors on the Elmhurst House of Friendship, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the YMCA. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Congress and a past member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Committee. He is currently involved with Coaches versus Cancer along with the local American Cancer Society.

            DeFruscio earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ursinus College in 1982. At Ursinus, DeFruscio was a four year varsity letterwinner and participated in three consecutive NCAA Division III national tournaments including the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1981 and Elite Eight in 1982. He was inducted into the Ursinus College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
            DeFruscio earned an MBA degree from Wheeling Jesuit in 1986 and serves as an adjunct professor in the Business Program teaching classes in marketing, finance and management. He also writes a regular column about the value of sports for the local newspaper.

            He resides in Wheeling with his wife Cathy, and their four children, Katie (20), Hooter (18), Annie (16) and Lucy (13).
            I think KP is a Captain Planet fan. He believes that the collective will of five decent starters can outweigh the power of top-level talent. Too bad Herb won't cut the check for their Planeteer rings.


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              He has a kid named "Hooter"?
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                Originally posted by Doug View Post
                He has a kid named "Hooter"?
                Yeah, so we have the molester and a coach with a kid named Hooter.
                I think KP is a Captain Planet fan. He believes that the collective will of five decent starters can outweigh the power of top-level talent. Too bad Herb won't cut the check for their Planeteer rings.


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                  Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

                  I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.


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                    Originally posted by ajbry View Post
                    Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

                    I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.
                    All I know is that it is some kind of religious division II school...
                    I think KP is a Captain Planet fan. He believes that the collective will of five decent starters can outweigh the power of top-level talent. Too bad Herb won't cut the check for their Planeteer rings.


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                      Originally posted by ajbry View Post
                      Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

                      I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.

                      It's where Jim coached in the early 80's. It's outside of Pittsburgh.
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                        Originally posted by ajbry View Post
                        Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

                        I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.
                        Well, don't fret too much. I'm sure they've never heard of you either.

                        Not all good basketball people are from big conference schools. Ever hear of Tony Hinkle? Granted, Butler is probably larger than Wheeling.

                        Think of how many NBA players came from Div II or III schools, or were Jucos.


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                          Seriously, not to be mean spirited here, but Wheeling WV seems to have that old depressing coal town feel to it. I would imagine the new coach is going to be dazed for a short time by the size of Indy and how flat the area is.
                          You know how hippos are made out to be sweet and silly, like big cows, but are actually extremely dangerous and can kill you with stunning brutality? The Pacers are the NBA's hippos....Matt Moore CBS Sports....


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                            Originally posted by RWB View Post
                            Seriously, not to be mean spirited here, but Wheeling WV seems to have that old depressing coal town feel to it. I would imagine the new coach is going to be dazed for a short time by the size of Indy and how flat the area is.
                            its good to know where indiana stands

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                              Wheeling Jesuit University.

                              that's some big time hoopin' going on there.

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